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A first offense DUI is serious business for a minor

You knew that your children liked to go out and drink. As a parent of teenagers, you also knew that they could get in trouble with the law if they got caught. Despite that, you felt it was safer to allow them to drink with supervision.

For the most part, they stayed out of trouble by drinking when adults allowed them to do so. For example, during one of your summer parties, you allowed your children to have beers with the rest of the family.

When your custom-built home isn't what you paid for, take action

Building a home designed to meet your exact wishes is a dream come true for many people in Colorado. You may have spent much of your adult life saving or accruing equity in a starter home with the hope of eventually building the house of your dreams.

It is common to have specific preferences about your custom home, from the color of the walls and each individual room to the kind of flooring you want. When you pay top dollar for a custom-built home, you deserve to get exactly what you pay for. Unfortunately, there are some people working in the real estate and development world who will put profits over the satisfaction of their customers.

Why pursuing a collaborative divorce will be worth it

The period of time surrounding a divorce can be one of the most stressful points in a person's life. High stress can cause a person to make rash decisions and to become easily irritated. It is important to be aware of this because when chronic stress goes unchecked, it can lead to a downward spiral of anger and irrationality.

This is why it is important to make every effort to minimize the stress that you will have to face in the divorce process. While there's likely no way to avoid the uncomfortable emotions associated with a divorce, there are things you can do to avoid toxic interactions and disputes. One of the ways you can do this is by pursuing a collaborative divorce.

Corporate fraud: What is it?

White-collar crime has long been an issue in business, and it was officially named in around 1939. These crimes include a range of frauds that are generally non-violent. Some types of white-collar crimes including money laundering, mortgage fraud and health care fraud.

White-collar crimes are usually committed by businesses or professionals who work for the government. The motivation is usually financial, helping the person committing the crime seek out additional money, property or services. Sometimes, the crime is a way to secure an advantage of another kind.

Tips to help you and your spouse get along during divorce

Generally speaking, collaborative divorce provides a better experience for all involved: you, your spouse and your kids. If possible, you want to get along and work together. That's how you get an outcome that makes everyone happy. It's how you create a low-conflict divorce that does not drag on unnecessarily.

That said, getting along with your spouse during a divorce is not always easy. Maybe they fell for someone else and asked you for a divorce, and you feel hurt and angry because of it. Maybe they have financial problems that you just couldn't deal with anymore, and they're angry that you wanted to split up.

Provide a united front before the children after divorce

Child custody situations are sometimes complex because of the acrimony between the parents. The children can pick up on this, so they may try to capitalize on the situation. It is imperative that all parents take the time to learn the signs that their children are manipulating them.

Some children learn early that what one parent disapproves of, the other will approve of. Once they realize this, they will try to figure out which person will give them their way. This is human nature, but that doesn't mean that you and your ex need to allow it to happen.

Common real estate practices can constitute mortgage fraud

Working in real estate can be a challenging and demanding career path. Whether someone works as an agent representing buyers or sellers for residential or commercial transactions, or works as an appraiser or loan officer, there are many legal regulations in place that professionals must remain aware of at all times.

From creating binding contracts for their clients to placing a realistic fair market value on a property, the role that real estate professionals play in transactions is critical to the overall fairness of the modern real estate system. Unfortunately, some people who work in real estate or adjacent professions will commit acts of fraud in an attempt to bolster their own income.

Gray divorces are more common today: Here's what to know

Going through a gray divorce is significantly different than going through a divorce in your younger years. In a gray divorce, you're 50, 60 or 70 years old. You might be approaching retirement or be in retirement already.

A gray divorce can be difficult psychologically, too, considering the fact that many people who get them have been together for decades. With lifelong friends and family members to deal with, there's no question that a gray divorce is complicated.

Auto insurance fraud can have lasting consequences

Your car is getting older, and you don't really want to have to pay for a new one. You know it's costly, but you have a great insurance policy that would allow you to buy a new vehicle as a replacement if yours was damaged beyond repair.

You've paid into insurance for years without a problem, so would it really be that terrible if something "accidentally" happened to damage your vehicle beyond repair? You'd get what you want and would use a policy you designed for that very purpose.

Income tax: The difference between fraud and negligence

The federal tax system is extremely complicated, especially if you don't have any knowledge of what's expected of you. No matter how much you learn or who you hire to assist you, there's always a chance you could run into trouble with the IRS.

There's a big difference between income tax fraud and negligence. With fraud, you make a willful attempt to evade tax law as a means of saving money or defrauding the government. This typically occurs as a result of the following:

  • Filing a false income tax return
  • Making false or fraudulent claims on your income tax return
  • Intentionally failing to report all your income
  • Intentionally failing to pay your taxes
  • Intentionally failing to file an income tax return

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